Drew University student-turned-prof has full experience

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Drew University student-turned-prof has full experience

Adijat Mustapha C’11, assistant professor of psychology, participated in Drew’s Summer College as a student mentor, professor

July 2022 – Drew University student-turned-professor Adijat Mustapha C’11 recently taught at Drew’s Summer College, coming full circle from her time as a student mentor in the program.

Mustapha, an assistant professor of psychology, spent two years as a student mentor in the Summer College program, which brings high school juniors and seniors to campus to experience student life at the College. inside and outside the classroom for a full week each summer.

Mustapha taught the equivalent of a Psychology 101 class, giving students a feel for the freshman class vibe.

As she led the class, Mustapha reflected on her time as a key part of the program – the undergraduate student mentor.

“My experience as a student mentor has been extremely rewarding in so many ways,” she said. “I come from a background that is not at all different from that of the high school students who attend the program. I personally know the experience of trying to sort through possible college admission and attendance and all the hurdles associated with socio-economic restrictions or not having many people around who have had the privilege of going to them themselves at university.

As a student mentor, she helped high school students narrow lists of potential schools to apply to; write their personal statements; and understand financial aid options.

“I also hoped that telling them about my personal experiences – as someone from the same type of underfunded neighborhoods and schools, as an immigrant, as a racial/ethnic minority – would help them realize the possibilities for their future, despite other mixed messages they may have received from society.

Having seen the value of the program first hand, Mustapha jumped at the chance to get involved in the program as a teacher.

“My experience as a teacher for the class sample is reflective of my overall experience as a teacher in Drew’s psychology department,” she said.

“It’s the epitome of a complete experience. As I taught the class and watched the current student mentors (some of whom have actually been enrolled in a number of my psychology classes), I couldn’t help but reflect on my own journey. . I was fortunate to occupy the position that I currently hold. I am forever grateful to the mentors I had at various stages of my education and training, and to Drew for being the foundation of my academic and professional success.

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